A month into 2013, it is becoming apparent that the housing recovery is real and likely to continue. According to a recent Forbes article, the Case Shiller home price index shows prices are up over last year, growing at the fastest pace year over year since mid-2006. Home prices rose 4.5% for the 10-City Composite and 5.5% for the 20-City Composite in the 12 months ending in November more »
The stock price of Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) has been soaring like a flying buffalo for the past 2 years. Since July 2010 the share price for common stock has more than doubled. The business of hot wings, adult beverages, and a fun place to hang out for the younger (20- and 30-something) crowd has led to more than 23% sales growth over the past 5 years. If they more »
Oil field services companies have been taking it on the chin for the past several years as demand for oil and gas has dropped and their margins have been getting squeezed. While the drilling methods have recently evolved to allow for more cost-effective extraction using horizontal drilling and fracking, the economics have not been favorable. Until now. I believe that several oil field services companies are poised to take advantage more »
Some stocks are clear winners, some are blurring the lines between advancing and declining, and some stocks are simply blind to any further upside action in their share price. In this post I am taking a closer look at a few stocks that have “vision” in their name, and will examine whether or not the future looks bright for them.
I’m going to make a bold prediction that genetic sequencing will be the “next big thing” in medical research and treatment technology. A decade after the first draft of the human genome was published, hospitals and clinics are using DNA sequencing to generate better treatments and diagnoses for patients with rare childhood diseases, cancers and other mysterious conditions.
Now that the puzzle of the human genome has been solved more »
My teenage daughter was talking about someone we both know and then she said “I wish she would stop being so common senseless!”, meaning, that she wishes this person would stop saying things that indicate a lack of common sense. Now, I typically like to blog about stocks that I believe are strong buys but sometimes it makes good sense to think about what stocks NOT to buy (or which more »
It is a well-known fact that the infrastructure (roads, bridges, utilities) in the US has been deteriorating for years. With the slowing economy and shrinking municipal budgets over the past 4 years in particular the situation has only gotten worse. Now the White House is getting ready to address the problem in the proposed 2013 budget.
Even if Republicans are able to trim out some of the infrastructure spending in more »
Cobalt International Energy (NYSE: CIE), a deep-water oil explorer, said test results at an oil discovery off Angola were better than the company’s expectations. Work at the Cameia-1 well confirmed a 1,180-foot (360-meter) oil column and Cobalt and its partners will now begin an appraisal drilling program to evaluate the size of the discovery, the company said in a statement. The Cameia well may have the potential to more »
There is an old saying that “knowledge is power.” If that is true, then knowledge of power companies should help to power up your investment portfolio. Some power is generated and some is stored. Here is a sampling of stocks that store power in the form of batteries that might be worth a closer look if you are a long-term investor, or even a short term trader.
I am serious, and don't call me Shirley! There is an old adage that goes something like this -- How do you make $1 million on an airline? Start with $1 billion and go from there. With the recent bankruptcy filing of American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAMRQ.PK) investors might be leery of airline stocks, and not without reason. Can you face some unpleasant facts? The slow economy and rising fuel more »
"It's just your jive talkin, You're telling me lies, yeah Jive talkin, You wear a disguise, Jive talkin So misunderstood, yeah Jive talkin, You really no good."
Jive Talkin' lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
No doubt you have been hearing all about the coming Facebook IPO and how great it will be for everyone who is, or soon will be a Facebook shareholder. But more »
(with apologies to the late Sonny Bono, and to Cher)
The beat goes on, the beat goes on
Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain
The grocery store's the super mart, uh huh
Little girls still break their hearts, uh huh
And men still keep on marching off to war
Electrically they keep a baseball score
And the beat goes on…
Grandmas sit in chairs and reminisce
Boys more »
Psst - wanna buy some cheap stocks? Lend me your ear (or rather, your eyes) and take a gander at these gems!
KKR Financial Holdings LLC (NYSE: KFN), together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty finance company with expertise in a range of asset classes. With a 21% Return on Equity (ROE), and Price/Book of 0.96, the stock is trading at a trailing P/E of 4.98 more »
There is an old saying that necessity is the mother of invention. Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ) needed to invent something to transform their business, and they may have done just that with the invention of the memristor.
“The memristor — short for memory resistor - could make it possible to develop far more energy-efficient computing systems with memories that retain information even after the power is off, so there's no wait more »
Turns out that not only does beer taste good but it also has health benefits!
This weekend is a big one for football fans, and Americans love to drink beer while watching football. In fact, one of the big match-ups has the Denver Broncos playing the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional playoff. After the mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock, discussed a bet with the mayor of Boston over more »
What is it about shoes that gets people so worked up? And how can arguably the ugliest shoes generate such huge sales potential? The Aussies were hip enough to figure it out when they created Ugg Boots. Surfers around Byron Bay began wearing sheepskin footies to keep their feet warm and dry between surf sessions. The fashion trend caught on in Southern California in the 1980s when girls began proudly more »
If you're old enough, you might remember The Rifleman, Lucas McCain, who could fire a round from his specially modified Winchester in three-tenths of a second. He was a rancher in the Wild West who lived with his son, Mark, and helped the marshal protect his ranch from the various vagabonds and outlaws who passed through his land. As a kid, I was always so impressed with his cool more »
Now that the holidays are over and all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are done, shopping is probably the last thing on most peoples’ minds. Yet there are still some good deals to be had out there. Just ask The Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX), which announced a new joint venture with DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) to buy 46 shopping centers in the United States for a total cost more »
War games in the Strait of Hormuz are underway.
US Navy aircraft carriers intend to ignore Iran's order to stay out of the Gulf. Iran says it would be easy to close the Strait of Hormuz.
Army chief Ataollah Salehi said the United States had moved an aircraft carrier out of the Gulf because of Iran's naval exercises, and Iran would take action if the ship returned.
"Iran more »
ya·hoo n. pl. ya·hoos
def. A crude or brutish person.
I'm a yahoo, I'll admit it. Well, ok, not that sort of yahoo! I got started using Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO) for email and then "graduated" to My Yahoo to include my stock watchlists and other personalized stuff. Now it's usually the first thing I look at when I log on to my computer each morning more »
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